For immediate release: September 21, 2022
Marlborough, MA – What started with an unfortunate accident on his first shot of the day finally ended in a victory Sean Fitzpatrick. Although the 38-year-old from East Walpole put his opening tee in the water, he managed to bounce back and capture his first singles championship.
Fitzpatrick, who plays outside of George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park, on Wednesday entered the final round of the Mass Mid-Amateur Championship by one stroke. not shiny partial (Thorney Lea Golf Club). Although trailing the defending champion by four strokes, he found a way to close the gap and secure his biggest win of his amateur golf stint. Prior to that, Fitzpatrick’s only statewide win came in the 2009 Mass Four-Ball when he and Paul Mitchell split address with Herbie Aikins And the Ryan Riley.
“It means the world,” said Fitzpatrick, who shot 3-under 68 in the last round, putting him in 8th under total for the championship. “I had some limited expectations coming this week and luckily I found a good rhythm and was able to come out on top this week, which is great.”
Arthur Zelmati (George Wright Golf Course), the 2020 champion, finished second in fourth overall alongside Parziale. In 2020, the two met in a playoff match for the Mass Mid-Amateur title.
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At one point, it looked like the final round of the Mass Mid-Amateur Championship was turning into yet another runaway victory for Partially deadJust like in 2015 when he won Marlboro by 15 strokes. The three-time champion (2015, 2016 and 2021) knocked out the flying gates, posting a 5-under-30 on the nine lead that included an eagle on the eighth hole of the 5-par. With another birdie at 5 11, Parziale was on track to equalize or even break the record of 65.
Fitzpatrick, whose best amateur finish was seventh in 2010 at Dedham Country & Polo Club, was feeling confident having had a 5-under 66 in the second round on Tuesday. Knowing that he would need his utmost to beat the three-time champion, Fitzpatrick did himself no favors by hitting his first shot of the day in water hazard. Despite the double stealth, he was able to knock out a few sparrows to get to the level par in the round, but things weren’t promising.
“I did a few shots to get back into the draw, but I really struggled in the top nine with a shot,” Fitzpatrick said.
However, star George Wright took back some of his mojo with a birdie on the tenth to close the gap to three. The Bogeys of Parziale closed in 12 and 14 strokes twice. On the 15th, Fitzpatrick made his most important jumper of the day, turning the ball back on the front margin, then making a shot to cut it into a strike.
“I kept swinging,” Fitzpatrick said. “I just knew he was there, and I just needed to trust him, and I knew he would eventually come. Luckily I hit a great shot on the tee at 10, drove it onto the green and then from there on I was swinging freely.”
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After pars at 16 leaders, par-4 17 turned out to be one of the most bizarre moments in the history of the tournament. Fitzpatrick fired his approach onto the green safely, but Parziale’s second shot sailed over the green, through the trees and settled before the edge of the road. Since he was still at the border, Parziale chose to play the ball and not take an unplayable penalty kick. His first attempt hit a tree and he fell out of play. After inhaling what was his fifth shot, he finally reached the other side. In the end, he got a 9, effectively sealing Fitzpatrick’s title.
“He did a bad swing on 17 which turned things around, but Matt played a great round of golf,” Fitzpatrick said afterwards.
Despite the odd ending, Fitzpatrick said he’s proud of the three days of golf he put together, capping an amazing season that began May 2 when he advanced to the US Open finalist through Foxborough Country Club.
“To be able to put my name on the trophy and have George Wright by her side means a lot,” Fitzpatrick said.
Similar to what it was two years ago, Zelmaty saved his best in the final round, hitting a 4-under 67 in the final round, which included a shot from the back margin at 9. This year’s Mass Amateur Games medalist added another chip in the center Fourteenth resulted in 32 players free of stealth on nine in the back.
“I knew I needed more sparrows because these guys play great golf and go really low,” said Zelmaty, who made 7 of his 13 birds on Wednesday. “I was definitely more aggressive trying to make birds.”
The top 15 riders in the field are disqualified from qualifying for next year’s Mass Mid-Amateur Championship. The 2023 Mass Mid-Amateur Championship is set to return to Willowbend on Cape Cod for the first time since 1993. At the time, the club co-hosted the event with The Club in New Seabury in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993.
This year’s Mass Golf Championship final is the Mass Super Senior Amateur, scheduled for October 3-4 at Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown.